I've spent a lot of time complaining over the years about the blocking software in the BCPSS computer system. Therefore, I need to share the good news, probably a bit tardily: last spring, the system incorporated a quiz that teachers could take to get sites unblocked, and now we can access sites such as YouTube on our school computers.
It hasn't been a big deal for me -- yet -- but tomorrow it will be for the first time. I plan on showing three different 3-minute version of the opening Richard III soliloquy, and have students take notes on the choices the performers and directors make and how it conveys the meaning of the text. They'll be doing the same thing as they read the rest of the play.
In the past, I would have to fiddle with DVDs that I purchased myself on a laptop that I purchased myself on an LCD Projector that I purchased myself. Now, I can just hook up my computer to the LCD Projector and show the video.
Free flowing access to information -- just what we needed!
This is the YouTube I'm using:
(Now it would be nice to let the kids have just a bit more access. Last week, almost all googlescholar sites were blocked for the kids' Iranian research project, and the accessible databases were all pretty terrible.)
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